Daily News, September 20, 2015: A retired NYPD lieutenant working security at a Brooklyn grocery store opened fire on two suspects who aimed gun at him while trying to rob the place early Sunday, police sources said. The two thieves encountered the former cop after they walked into the Washington Sea Food store on Washington Ave. near Flushing Ave. in Clinton Hill shortly before 4 a.m., the sources said. When the looter turned a firearm on the retired police officer, the cop squeezed off two shots, according to the sources. Both suspects fled the scene and there were no reported injuries, authorities said. There had been no arrests as of Sunday morning, the sources said.
Peekskill Daily Voice, August 24, 2015: Two Peekskill teenagers were involved in a theft case early Sunday morning in Cortlandt, according to the New York State Police. A 49-year-old Cortlandt man called the police at approximately 1:23 a.m. to report a burglary in process at his Laurel Road residence. The man told state troopers that he saw two people inside his 2015 Acura, which was parked on the street, and retrieved his gun and went outside, according to police. The man said one of the suspects pointed what he thought was a weapon at him and the man fired one shot, missing the suspect, said police. The suspects, ages 15 and 16, fled on bicycles and were found several miles away by troopers. They were both charged with petit larceny. The 16-year-old was given an appearance ticket and is due in the Town of Cortlandt Court Friday, Sept. 4. The 15-year-old was issued a family court appearance ticket and is due at Westchester County Probation Thursday, Sept. 3, according to officials. The incident is still under investigation. Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call investigators at State Police Barracks in Cortlandt at (914) 788-8044.
NY Post, March 10, 2015: A retired correction officer fatally shot a man in a crowded downtown Brooklyn subway station Tuesday evening, law enforcement sources said. Gilbert Drogheo, 32, was shot once in the torso after he got into an argument with the former officer on the Borough Hall 4- and 5-train platform just after 6:30 p.m. The confrontation started on a downtown 4 train, when 69-year-old retired correction officer Will Groomes, 68, got on the train at the Bowling Green station and walked past Drogheo, who was with a 29-year-old male. Both had been acting belligerently on the subway car. “They were acting drunk, very loud and obnoxious,” an unidentified eyewitness said. “They started picking on [the officer].” Modal Trigger The confrontation became physical, and the shooting victim punched and spat at the retired officer, police sources said. “Once the older guy got punched, he pulled his gun out and all hell broke loose,” the witness said. When the train reached the Borough Hall station, the altercation spilled onto the platform, where Groomes wrestled with Drogheo while trying to detain him. During the struggle, Groomes told cops that Drogheo and the other man tried to reach for his pistol, police sources said. The retired officer then loaded his gun as they reached the mezzanine. A video released by CBS2 shows the officer pushing the man near a set of turnstiles, and Drogheo shoving him back, thrusting him against emergency doors just before being shot. EMS workers rushed Drogheo to Brooklyn Hospital Center, where he was later pronounced dead.
WABC, February 27, 2015: Police are investigating a possible robbery attempt at a gas station in Yonkers that left one man stabbed and another shot. The incident happened just after 9 a.m. at a Citgo station on Saw Mill River Road. The exact details are unknown, but it appears that a man stabbed the gas station worker, who then shot the robber. Arriving officers found a 48-year-old male Yonkers resident with multiple stab wounds to his torso, and a second male, approximately 18 years of age, with two gunshot wounds to his torso. Both were transported to a trauma center in the Bronx. At last report, both were in surgery. At this point, it is unclear if the altercation was a robbery or some sort of dispute. It is unknown at this time what caused the confrontation or if there was any past relationship between the two. Detectives are currently interviewing witnesses and are also attempting to speak with family members of both males. No one has been charged at this time in relation to this incident. Anyone with information can contact the Detective Division at 914-377-7724, all calls will remain confidential.